The largest baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous in the world, the Trevi Fountain has gained worldwide notoriety through several films including La Dolce Vita (by Federico Fellini), and through its coin throwing legend.
Historically, it is said that 19 NC, a young “virgin” girl led thirsty Roman soldiers to a source of pure water 13 km from the city of Rome. Following the discovery of that source of water, the then Emperor, Augustus, ordered the construction of an aqueduct that would connect Rome to that water source, and the Aqueduct was named “Aqua Virgo” in honor of the young girl. For over 400 years, the aqueduct served the entire city of Rome.
People say that throwing coins (using the right hand over the left shoulder) is meant to bring luck and make one’s wishes come true. Everyday, 3000 -6000 euros are collected from the fountain, and donated to charities in Rome. Could your luck come from the Gods being pleased by you giving to the poor without even knowing? Perhaps…
The fountain was recently restored (2015), and the works included the installation of more than 100 LED lights for night time lighting.
If you ever get to visit Rome and have a close look at the foutnain, you’ll notice:
– Oceanus, son of Uranus and Gaia, and Greek Titan god of the ocean and fresh waters. He is illustrated alongside with tritons (half and half mermaid), which are each trying to tame sea horses (hippocampus). The tritons guide Oceanus’ shell chariot, and this work with the theme fountain: Taming the waters.
Of course, all this magic was happening behind me while I was having Romans favourite dessert: Gelato❤
And then I ran into a Pikachu band, which warranted an obligatory picture.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post and much as I did writing it:)